Tina Turner, who married musician Ike Turner after falling in love with him as a teenager, has written and spoken frequently about the years of horrifying violence she underwent throughout their marriage.
A new documentary on the artist’s life reveals the way they commemorated it with the utmost sincerity.
In the documentary, the 81-year-old diva said that she still experiences flashbacks about the abuse she received from the musician, especially while she was expecting their son Ronnie.
She saw it as a curse: “This moment keeps coming back, you dream, the genuine vision is there.”
The diva is praised for speaking out about domestic abuse in the 1980s, a time when this issue was seldom ever discussed by worldwide celebrities or in the press.
Tina, on the other hand, claims she did not say those things in order to get rid of the journalists who continued questioning her about her relationship with Ike.
“No one was talking about sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic abuse, point abuse,” said Oprah Winfrey.
In the documentary, Tina also acknowledged that the divorce in 1978 left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which had been worsened by the multiple medical issues she had been dealing with in recent years.
Her present spouse compared her to a soldier coming home from war, describing how she was when he first saw her.
In 2013, just a few weeks after marrying producer Erwin Bach, Tina had a stroke. Bowel cancer was discovered in 2016. Craig, her son, committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 59 as a result of loneliness and sadness that were intensified by alcohol consumption.
The documentary not only recalls the singer’s personal misfortunes but also recalls how she overcame discrimination and harassment in her profession. With the release of Private Dancer in 1984, which she views as her genuine debut, Tina Turner turned 45.
Tina, directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin and viewed as a farewell from her millions of admirers, premiered in March at the Berlin Film Festival.